Hummus has skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years. Now almost every kitchen, restaurant, and grocery store has an array of hummus options. At Soom, we know that the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East go far beyond the popular chickpea (or chickpea-less) dip. So we’ve gathered our eleven favorite Middle Eastern bites loaded with the incredible versatility of Soom products.
Hummus has become a kitchen essential across the U.S. and we’re sure that this Middle Eastern dip is here to stay. Even though we can’t make it to one of the best places to eat hummus throughout the US right now, we can still enjoy restaurant-quality hummus while social distancing. This recipe balances the tangy flavors of garlic and lemon juice in a light and fluffy chickpea blend. You’ll want to spread this on bagels, wraps, or just dive in with crunchy pita chips. This must-try hummus recipe is packed with a generous helping of Soom Tahini. Tahini is the backbone of this recipe and the key to achieving unbelievable creaminess!
Enter These Chicken Shawarma Wraps. This recipe’s inspired by a classic Middle Eastern street-food flavor-bomb. What could be better than a warm doughy naan base that is smothered in generous layers of creamy tahini yogurt sauce? The answer: not much! Pack on heaping helpings of tender marinated chicken with delicious layers of crunchy toppings and tangy feta cheese. It almost sounds too good to be true!
We’ve always loved chicken salad, but we’ve never tasted one as good as Ambitious Kitchen’s Moroccan-Style Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad. Layered with flavor from yogurt, tahini, dijon mustard, warm spices, and additional toppings, this Mediterranean chicken salad is a must!
Goldie’s Tehina Shakes are unlike anything we’ve ever tasted before, although it’s very reminiscent of halva. Soom Tahini lends its nutty flavor into this gratifying sweet shake that’s anything but a conventional milkshake. Made vegan and naturally dairy-free, this creamy, sweet, rich, decadent, and satisfying drink has been a runaway hit since the inception of Michael Solomonov’s and Steven Cook’s Goldie in April 2017. Now you can make them at home, too!
Mediterranean, spice and everything nice, ya know what we mean? A Beautiful Plate’s Mediterranean Chicken Salad is something we urge you to make as soon as you can. There are many wow factors in this salad! But some of our favorites include the mixture of warm spices, za’atar, dried sumac, and scallions(!) with this bright, acidic lemon tahini dressing.
This Greek Tahini Pasta Salad is the perfect balance of tangy, salty, creamy, and lemony, fresh, and herbaceous flavors. It’s tossed with an incredibly delicious creamy tahini red wine vinaigrette, which ties all of the flavors together perfectly! The mix-ins include cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta, red onion, Kalamata olives, dill, parsley, and oregano, but the sky is the limit! It’s super forgiving, customizable, and most of all, flavorful!
Michael Solomonov helps bring this Levantine eggplant dip to our kitchens, and our taste buds couldn’t be happier. In this Baba Ghanoush recipe, spicy garlic, bright lemon juice, and nutty tahini blend into a silky smooth roasted eggplant puree. Together, they create this a melt-in-your-mouth consistency that you won’t be able to get enough of. Get creative with this dip by serving it with rice, pitas, or veggies.
Shakshuka gets its fun-to-say name from Arabic, meaning “haphazard mixture.” This staple Israeli breakfast dish is truly a haphazard mixture of savory flavors! If you’re unfamiliar, shakshuka is comprised of poached eggs in a savory tomato stew with other nightshade vegetables like peppers and eggplant. This dish bursts with explosive spice and savor. It only gets better when the perfectly poached eggs that are nestled in the saucy mixture get cut into. The drippy yolk scooped up with the tomato base creates unforgettable richness as it reaches your taste buds. Top it off with a drizzle of spicy tahini sauce to an elevated pop of flavor! Whenever you choose to eat shakshukah, this hearty Middle Eastern meal, which has taken the world by storm makes a delicious, simple, one-pan meal.
Falafel is another Middle Eastern street-food essential. And after you try this recipe you won’t need to wonder why. These savory patties burst with flavorful herbs, tender chickpeas, and cooked to crispy perfection. Stuff a fresh fluffy pita with these protein-packed vegetarian nuggets, or add these Middle Eastern favorites to a salad or grain bowl. Drizzle these healthy flavor-packed patties with a dripping dose of creamy tahini and enjoy!
Our halvatier friends at Hebel & Co Halva have brought our favorite Israeli sesame sweets from Jerusalem’s famous open-air market to the US so you can add them to your pantry. This decadent treat is the sweetest way to indulge in the tastes and textures of tahini. Halva is a confection made from sugar, tahini, and some sort of flavoring. The distinct nuttiness from tahini combined with sweetness forms this crumbly candy that you won’t be able to resist. How do we like to enjoy it? You could say as a crumbled sweet topping to ice cream or within brownies for extra decadence. However, our favorite way is taking a bite and letting this sesame sweet melt in our mouths all on its own.
Prepare your taste buds for these “tahini bombs.” Combine naturally sweet Medjool dates and silky tahini to get a bite-sized sweet treat. These Tahini Stuffed Dates are like a grown-up peanut butter cup that will satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy ingredients. Finished off with a coating of vegan chocolate, these tender tahini stuffed dates are packed with natural vegan sweetness and an oozing creamy tahini center. You won’t want to have just one of these decadent, yet nutritious bites!
Tahini is a versatile Middle Eastern staple that deserves a spot in your pantry to bring so many delicious Middle Eastern bites into your life! Consider purchasing one or two of our products today so you can whip up magical Middle Eastern favorites.
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